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'Gold Rush' in Guyana becomes ‘Jungle Boogie’ on Discovery Channel

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Tonight’s episode of "Gold Rush" was titled “Jungle Boogie.” The three teams of gold miners are in three countries and two different continents to seek their fortune in both cold and hot weather. As the Hoffman crew is in South America, the Dakota crew is in Southeast Alaska, Parker Schnabel has ventured to the Canadian Klondike in the Yukon Territory near the top of the earth.

As the episode begins, the Hoffman crew is in Guyana, where they found diamonds among the sparse gold last week. Now with new equipment being delivered, they have switched to looking for diamonds. His investment of $20,000 has been spent on a lavador, which is a piece of equipment used to sift the sand from the larger pieces of what is hopefully diamonds. When they start pumping water into the equipment, it leaks like a sieve in numerous places, still hindering the operation.

In Scribner Creek, the wash plant is running well, but halfway through the season; they are only finding $7 a yard. When Tony Beets arrives to check on the operation, and tells Parker to up his game, as $7 a yard is not making any of them money. When Parker tells the guys they must run 100 yards an hour, they are sure that the wash plant cannot produce that much and could kill the season for them all.

In Porcupine Creek, they are filling in the glory hole, while Dustin has been checking out Cahoon Creek, their original plan for the season. When Fred sees some gold, he will be convinced. So Dustin has the challenge to find the gold they are sure is there. As they land by helicopter, he and his crew had to hike to the far end of their claim, where they believe the gold is waiting. As they trudge through deep snow, they dig their first test hole by hand.

At Scribner Creek, the rush is on to find more gold. When they crank up Little Blue to its maximum, something happens that jams the belt. As they attach a chain to force the pulley to move, the action works.

In Guyana, they spent two days plugging holes, but when they turn it on, Tony has discovered that the pulley is too small for the lavador. So Todd sends the newest guy on the crew, Brian to town to get two new pulleys, but on the way there, he drives through a flooded creek and loses the truck to the deep water. Now after towing it out of the water, they find it is too damaged to save it.

In Cahoon Creek, Dustin and geologist, Jeff Harrison are working feverishly to find gold and prove to Fred that they should move their operation there. After three test holes, they found nothing worth talking about, but now a severe thunderstorm is headed their way. With only thin tents, they are in danger of being killed on the top of the mountain by the worst electrical storm in twenty years. Now they predict another to follow the next night. With no communication, Fred asks the helicopter to try and get them off the mountain before the second storm arrives. Fortunately, they hear the chopper, and it lands before the next storm arrives.

In Guyana, Brian redeemed himself by taking a motorcycle to Mahdia to get the necessary pulleys. Now that it is running, they find another problem; as Jim Thurber found diamonds in the discharge dirt, which means that there is a hole in the screen.

Back at Porcupine Creek, Dustin found gold in the dirt he brought back from Cahoon, which is equal to about $50 a yard.

In Scribner Creek, the pace is taking its toll on the miners who are being pushed to the limit. These miners have been on the job long enough to know that something bad could happen, no matter how careful they are.

In Guyana, when Tony told them to throw out the rocks in the bottom of the lavador, Thurber would not have it; he hoped to find a glimmer of hope, so Jackson, Tony’s son who has been sifting diamonds since he was a child, went through it and found one large one that inspired them to keep going.

In Scribner Creek, as they push Little Blue to its limit, something goes terribly wrong. The central shaft that drives the shaker has been sheared in half, and it could be the end of the season for Parker and his crew on this episode of "Gold Rush."

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